Phoenix Rise Past Colonials in Three Sets


Ellie Whitington

The team celebrates a point in the three-set loss to Green Bay

Colby Sherwin

MOON TOWNSHIP– The Robert Morris volleyball team has not won a set in five straight games and hasn’t won a match in seven consecutive games.

The Colonials were swept in three sets again Saturday afternoon after losing to the Green Bay Phoenix.

“I think we got a lot better in this match-up… just got to clean up things,” Danny Doherty said.

Doherty also expressed how important the last stretch of the season is as they are all Horizon League matches.

“You have to be ready for everything you have to be buckled in and be ready for,” he said on the recent stretch of games.

With the team needing a win, the Colonials started the game close, with the Phoenix getting a slight edge. Their defense got three blocks to begin the set.

Abby Ryan ready for a serve in the 3-0 loss to Green Bay (Photo by Ellie Whittington)

It became apparent that blocks became a growing issue throughout the contest for RMU, as the Phoenix had 11 blocks to the Colonials’ two.

“The blocks they got were in a system and didn’t care what they had.” Coach Doherty said. “They are a buzz saw at the net.”

Trying to get back in the game, the Colonials had to clean their game. The momentum was still in Green Bay’s favor as they won the set 25-22.

“Volleyball is a game of runs. They went off an extra when we weren’t ready… but we made it hard on them,” said Doherty on the second set.

The Colonials were looking to finally end this 17-set losing streak as they headed into the third set.

The team looked off in the third, just like the last two. Green Bay went up 5-0. The momentum was with Green Bay all match as they continued to push. Angie Gromos had a massive day for Green Bay, as she had seven blocks for the Phoenix.

Green Bay took all three sets, as the third and final one ended with a 25-14 score.

The team will be back in action on Oct. 28 when they take on IUPUI at 6 p.m. in Indianapolis.